Tonga - The first photographs of the island have emerged after three men scaled its peak. The local men visited the island on Saturday by landing on a black beach and climbing to the rim of the crater.There are thousands of seabirds – all kinds – laying eggs on the island GP Orbassano One of the men, GP Orbassano, 63, said: "It was a perfect day with fantastic views – bright blue sky and the sea was the same colour as the sky. "There are thousands of seabirds – all kinds – laying eggs on the island." The men added that the island's surface was still hot and a green lake in the crater smelt strongly of sulphur. The cone-shaped island started forming last month and is now safe for people to walk on. Experts think that a volcano exploded underwater and expanded until the small land mass formed.
However Mr Orbassano believes that the island is high enough to remain there for some time – and says it could even attract tourists.